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From Julie Houts aka @JooleeLoren, “Instagram’s favorite illustrator” (Vogue), a collection of darkly humorous illustrated essays that “perfectly capture what it’s like to be a woman in 2017” (BuzzFeed) and lampooning modern female identity in the social media age.


Julie Houts has cultivated a devoted Instagram following by satirizing the conflicting messages and images women consume and share with the world every day.

Literally Me chronicles the exploits of “slightly antisocial heroines” (Refinery29) in vivid, excruciatingly funny detail, including:
—The beauty routine of a deranged bride who aspires to be “truly without flaws” on her wedding day
—What happens when Kylie Jenner has an existential crisis and can no longer “step out”
—A journey to Coachella by the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse
—The true dating confessions of a fembot
—The terrifying description for Alice Staunch’s book How to Be a Perfect Feminist
—The diary of Fiddle Ficus, a tree that lives inside a C É L I N E store

…and much more.

Literally Me marks the launch of a brilliant new social satirist. Julie’s singular voice and beautiful illustrations reveal the truth about the absurdity of life in the social media age, showing us that the line between becoming a total “Girlboss” and a twenty-first century American Psycho is razor-thin.

About The Author

Adrian Mesko

Julie Houts is an illustrator and former womenswear designer at J. Crew. She was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri, before studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Parsons School of Design in New York. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Nylon, Man Repeller, Stylebop, Huffington Post, and Refinery29. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her website

Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (October 24, 2017)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501169533

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Raves and Reviews

“I loved Literally Me. Julie Houts is the satirist we've been waiting for. She deconstructs what it means to be a woman today with dark absurdist humor drawn to perfection. Brilliant.”
—Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

“[Houts] perfectly captures what it’s like to be a woman in 2017.”

“Houts skewers high fashion, the wedding-industrial complex, Instagram fame, and more. . . .This is truly funny work, but there is a darkness underneath . . . Houts’s pithiness has earned her hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, and it is on full display here.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[Houts's] work is about the creating, and the unraveling, of modern female identity, specifically in the young, urban, and stylish sphere."

Literally Me satirizes the fashion world’s social mores, the trials and tribulations of dating, and ridiculous ways some brands market to women. Houts’s accompanying essays echo the sharp, absurdist tones in her artwork.”
The Cut

“Delightfully absurdist.”
Women’s Wear Daily

“If you’ve got a smart, funny, slightly strange lady in your life, chances are she’ll find plenty to relate to in Houts’ charmingly off-kilter collec­tion of drawings and essays.”

"Houts’ Instagram does what all great art does: It makes us feel seen. And, in this case, drawn. There’s something about seeing your own somewhat private impulses shown back to you. 'Holy crap,' you think. 'I thought I was the only one.'"

"[Houts] has gained quite a following on Instagram thanks in part to her witty, all-too-real takes on modern work life (oh, joy, another depressing desk salad for lunch!) and modern love."
Huffington Post

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